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Interim superintendent for city schools ready to get started

Merrianne Dyer entered the Gainesville city school system as a fourth-grader at Enota Elementary School.

July 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


City schools will operate on monthly budget through August

The Gainesville City Board of Education passed a continuing resolution this evening to extend the system's ability to operate on a monthly budget through August.

July 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Obama volunteers pound the pavement

On a scorching summer morning, local supporters of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama were taking it to the streets.

July 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


GBI tests bullet in suspect’s death

Ballistics tests will determine whether a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent or a Lumpkin County sheriff's deputy fired the shot that killed a bank robbery suspect who pointed a fake gun at officers Friday in Helen, a GBI spokesman said.

July 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Bait business down, but smoke sales are up

Some people choose to view the glass as half full. Others, like Kerry Hicks, owner of the Smokin' Fisherman in Clermont, think it's better to be prepared for the worst.

July 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


CRCT changed to align with state standards

This April, all first- through eighth-graders in the Hall County and Gainesville city school systems took the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests.

For the first time, there were eight CRCT this year that were aligned to the Georgia Performance Standards, which are academic standards the state Department of Education expects all Georgia students to meet.

July 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Is Lake Lanier's economic impact all dried up?

The convergence of a multiyear drought and a prolonged dip in the economy has given businesses that depend on water and the outdoors a double dose of medicine they would rather not take.

"The drought has affected us," said Johnny Crowe of Water Sports Central, a boat dealership on Holiday Road in South Hall County. "I believe it has affected everyone in the entire state."

July 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Local lawyers get ready for Hall County State Court judge interviews

Four local lawyers are scheduled to interview with a search committee in Atlanta today for a new Hall County State Court judgeship.

July 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Healthy Monday: Going to the gym isn't the only way to exercise

You bought that gym membership or piece of home workout equipment with the best of intentions, but you're filled with a sense of dread every time you think about working out. After all, the phrase does contain the word "work."

But getting regular exercise can seem more like fun than a chore, and you should be able to break the weekly requirement into "bite-sized" pieces to make it easier, according to a local exercise expert.

July 24, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Summer school is costly to provide

New versions of state math, science and social studies Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests sent thousands of failing Georgia students back for 20 more days of school this summer.

Roughly 1,400 Hall County students attended summer school in June - about twice as many as last summer, according to Gerald Boyd, Hall County school improvement specialist.

July 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville woman escapes from smoke-filled apartment

A Gainesville woman was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center on Sunday evening after her apartment was filled with smoke, officials said.

July 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Sandlot Sports summer camp helps at-risk youths learn to survive

In most recreational baseball games, kids are separated by age, sex or skill level. But at Sandlot Sports Camp's championship baseball game Sunday, everyone had fun playing together, whether they were 16 or 6.

July 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Mismatched driver’s license can lead to jail

For new brides, changing a last name on scores of personal and legal documents may be a minor hassle.

But being booked into jail for having a driver's license that doesn't match up with your Social Security card can be a much bigger headache.

July 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Restaurant draws more customers than before

Many local businesses have had to adapt to survive the low water levels on Lake Lanier. But Skogie's restaurant has evolved so well, in fact, that it's expanding.

July 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Music, events mesmerize at Celtic festival

MURRAYVILLE - The sound of bagpipes filled the air Saturday afternoon and into the night on a farm near the Lumpkin County line during the inaugural Starbridge Celtic Festival.

July 24, 2008 | By Alison Shuler ashuler@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


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A ride that gives ‘Goosebumps’ during movie filming

A car towed a trailer across Boling Bridge as a helicopter hovered on the other side of the green beams filming the action for the upcoming movie "Goosebumps," based on the R.L. Stine youth fiction series and featuring Jack Black.

August 01, 2014 | Scott Rogers | Local


Tour gives teachers fresh outlook on rivers

Myers Elementary teacher Tiffany Johnston has a new perspective on the decadeslong water-sharing conflict between Georgia, Florida and Alabama, often referred to as "water wars."

August 01, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Gainesville giveaway fills bookbags with hope

About 60 parents and children waited in line Thursday for free bookbags and school supplies at the office of Harrison Square Apartments.

August 01, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Woods still school superintendent winner after recount

Irwin County educator Richard L. Woods was certified Thursday as winner of the Republican runoff for the nomination as state school superintendent, Secretary of State Brian Kemp said.

August 01, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Cumming meth bust nabs 4 suspects, 48 bags

August 01, 2014 | | Local


State DOT suspends some work for tax-free shoppers

The Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended lane closures near shopping malls to accommodate back-to-school shopping traffic this weekend.

August 01, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local




Hall commissioners to rescind vote on construction blocks

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. Friday to rescind an earlier vote on the purchase of concrete blocks for construction of the new correctional institute.

August 01, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville road closing extended for train track work

Gainesville's Athens Street at the railroad crossing will remain closed until Aug. 15, an extension from the Aug. 1 date the city had announced.

August 01, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Rumors turn to facts: Wal-Mart grocery stores coming to Lanier Plaza, Lanier Commons

July 31, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville rejects bids for downtown development

Gainesville has rejected all bids to develop a mixed-use project near downtown along Jesse Jewell Parkway.

July 31, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hospital names president of planned Braselton location

In his role as vice president, Anthony Williamson has served as a key figure for Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton, often speaking at public gatherings and to the media about the hospital under construction in South Hall.

July 31, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local




Send us your fall events for Harvest events guide

The annual Harvest fall leisure guide will be published the final week of August. The magazine offers stories about fall activities in Northeast Georgia, with a full schedule of events.

July 31, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local




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